USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3177

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

Know the answer? Post it below! Don’t forget to check back for an update with the correct answer and explanation (we’ll post it in the comments section below).

USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3177Many tissues in the body, particularly smooth and cardiac muscle, use a cell structure constructed of proteins called connexins, illustrated in the image. These structures allow rapid communication of internal chemical and electrical states between cells, enabling physiological functions such as parturition and the cellular response to environmental stress.

Which of the following labels corresponds to this cell structure?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

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How to Use Journals Like a Champ on Wards

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By Mark Ard

Ever wonder how a fellow student can explain the guideline for managing patients with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) after a short bathroom break? He didn’t have a porcelain epiphany; he used this method!

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Give Me A Break! Step 1 Time Management

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By Patrick Sylvester

Let’s talk about your plan for exam day. You might be thinking, “Surely there are more important things I should be studying/worrying about?” Well you might be right, but in my experience, too many students put off thinking about test day logistics until the bitter end. As part of our series of posts on test-taking strategies, I’d like to take a moment to discuss how break time works for the USMLE Step 1 and how you might maximize this time on that long-awaited day.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3012

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Check out today’s Step 1 Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 1 Qmax Challenge #3012Which of the following conditions is most likely to lead to hypertrophy of the glands shown in the submucosa of this image?

A. Duodenal ulcer disease
B. Gastric ulcer disease
C. Secretin-secreting tumor
D. Somatostatinoma
E. VIPoma

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Going to America: The IMG Journey – Part 3

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By Fady Akladios

As promised in my last post, I will illustrate in this post an example of a plan for an IMG applicant attempting to obtain a residency spot in the US.

I will assume the applicant here is an IMG who is about to graduate medical school in his home country within the next 1 ½ – 2 years. I will also assume you are trying to match in 2016 (i.e. starting residency July 2016).
I will use the Gantt chart illustrated below to clarify the plan.

Going to America - part 3

Once you have decided to pursue residency in the US, there are multiple things you have to work on simultaneously. All in all, from beginning to end, the journey takes about two years of preparation and hard work.

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #23952

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Check out today’s Step 2 CK Qmax Question Challenge.

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 Qmax Challenge #23952A research team at a large pharmaceutical company has claimed to create a new serologic test that can be used for faster diagnosis of bacterial sepsis in patients in intensive care units. The team confirmed the presence or absence of bacterial infection via blood culture. The initial study was conducted at multiple hospitals and completed 3 months ago. The research team is eager to discuss the study at a national conference; however, before submitting their research they want an evaluation and confirmation of their results with the data table provided below.

What is the positive predictive value of this diagnostic test?

A. 300 / 350
B. 300 / 400
C. 400 / 1000
D. 550 / 600
E. 850 / 1000

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Hey 4th Year, What Are You Doing This Summer?

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By Luke Murray

Congratulations! You matched! You now have before you a chunk of free time the likes of which you have probably not seen in years and will probably not see again for many more.

Yes, you’ve had summer vacation in the past, but you’ve always had something hanging over your head – research after first year, Step 1 after second year, Step 2 and residency applications after your third year…but now? Nada.

Sure, you need to move and get some logistics in order, but other than that, there’s no resume-padding activity required, no life-or-death test you need to be studying for – nothing. In order to help you think through your options and maximize the general awesomeness of this experience, I’ve put together three C’s you might want to consider:

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